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Alabama’s Defense Keys on Buckeyes’ Tendencies

Posted by | Dec 20, 2014 | -

By MARQ BURNETT, ledger-enquirer.com:
When it comes to preparing for Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, Alabama’s defensive players may have to rely more on studying tendencies in the Buckeyes’ system than those in the player. When the Crimson Tide and Buckeyes take the field for the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 in New Orleans, Jones will be making his second career start. The first came in the Buckeyes’ 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the Big 10 championship game. Is it weird preparing for a quarterback that’s only started one game? “A little bit, but we’ve just got to prepare for them as if he was their starting quarterback, as if he’d been the guy all year,” Tide cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “I don’t think it’s too much there. You got to game plan as if he’s been the man all year.”

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Cyrus Jones Maturing Into Tide’s Best Cornerback

Posted by | Dec 20, 2014 | -

By Ken Rogers, Dothan Eagle:
Cyrus Jones said he has grown up. Landon Collins said Alabama’s cornerback is more confident. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Jones has “competitive maturity.” And while the past two games haven’t exactly been a clinic for Alabama’s defensive backfield, the coach said Jones has been the most consistent corner for the Tide this season. There was more than a little preseason angst surrounding Jones and the other cornerbacks. Eddie Jackson was coming back from ACL surgery this spring. Jones had moved from offense the previous spring and had a number of growing pains in his first year on the job.

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Offensive Lineman Returns as Ohio State Scout Team Jerseys Debut

Posted by | Dec 20, 2014 | -

By Michael Casagrande, al.com:
Day 4 of Alabama’s bowl practice brought a few changes to the routine. The camp portion of the routine is wrapping up and Ohio State preparations are beginning. The camp portion of the routine is wrapping up and Ohio State preparations are beginning. What we saw: Offensive lineman Grant Hill was back at practice for the first time this week. He had been sick for the first three bowl practices.

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Alabama Football: Jalston Fowler the Ultimate Unsung Hero During Tide Career

Posted by | Dec 20, 2014 | -

By Marc Torrence, Athlon Sports:
There was a time when Jalston Fowler thought none of this would be possible. After sustaining a knee injury against Western Kentucky in the second game of the 2012 season, Alabama’s big, bruising running back considered leaving football altogether, with a painful rehab in front of him. “I mean, back when I was in a relationship with my girlfriend, she had to just keep me going, keep me positive through the whole thing,” Fowler remembers over two years later. “Family and friends, too. Now that I look back on it, I’m happy that I didn’t.”

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What’s It Like To Work for Nick Saban? Ohio State’s Ed Warinner Explains

Posted by | Dec 20, 2014 | -

By Bill Landis, cleveland.com:
Ed Warinner has been a popular man of late. He was rumored as a prime candidate for the head coaching job at Kansas. Urban Meyer talked him up on Thursday when speaking about replacing co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman. Ohio State’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach might also have some inside information on Alabama coach Nick Saban. OK, that’s most likely not the case, but Warinner has at least a peek into the way Saban handles things, which could come in handy when Ohio State plays the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 in a semifinal of the inaugural College Football Playoff. At the very least, Warinner can shed some light on what it’s like to work for Saban.

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Tide Set To Begin Preparing For Buckeyes

Posted by | Dec 19, 2014 | -

By Marq Burnett, Anniston Star:
With Alabama coach Nick Saban preferring to use camp-style practices to start bowl workouts, the Crimson Tide hasn’t completely begun implementing its game plan for Ohio State. That will begin Friday and Saturday as the Tide continues to prepare for its Sugar Bowl matchup with the Buckeyes. But the Tide’s players have watched a bit of film and offered up some opinions on the Buckeyes on Thursday. “They’ve got athletes all over the field, good quarterback, good running backs, too,” Tide cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “Just like the teams we play in our league (Southeastern Conference), just got to account for everything they like to do and be prepared to try and stop it the best you can.”

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Freshman Robinson Proves He Belongs Up Front For Tide

Posted by | Dec 19, 2014 | -

By Ken Rogers, Dothan Eagle:
Alabama quarterback Blake Sims’ accomplishments in his only year as a starter – a school-record 3,250 yards passing and an 85.2 percent completion rate in the SEC Championship Game, among others – are perhaps more eye-opening considering his left tackle is a true freshman. Cam Robinson rarely, if ever, played like one. The 6-foot-6, 323-pound lineman from Monroe, La., has started every game this season for the top-seeded Crimson Tide. He became the first true freshman to start a season opener on the offensive line for Alabama since Nick Saban arrived in 2007. Remember, the Tide even redshirted D.J. Fluker.

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Alabama Players Get First Look At Ohio State QB Cardale Jones, Other Buckeye Stars

Posted by | Dec 19, 2014 | -

By Michael Casagrande, al.com:
So far, it’s been all Alabama in practice. The three workouts this week have been focused completely on the basics, but the Ohio State flavor is coming. The installation of the Sugar Bowl game plan will start to trickle in Friday, less than two weeks before kickoff New Year’s Day. Players had a chance to examine the film of Ohio State and had a few early impressions Thursday. Quarterback Cardale Jones was the topic of note among defensive players. Making his starting debut in the 59-0 pounding of Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, Jones’ cannon right arm was on full display.

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Collins Ready To Play Close To Home

Posted by | Dec 19, 2014 | -

By Cliff Kirkpatrick, Montgomery Advertiser:
Landon Collins gets one more homecoming in his Alabama football career. The junior safety Landon Collins is thrilled to be headed back to the Superdome for the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 against Ohio State. He grew up in the area, and is familiar with the venue. “Totally looking forward to it because a lot of my family will be there and I get to stand out in front of them again and see them smile when they watch me play,” Collins said. Collins enjoyed his trip to Louisiana this year with an overtime victory at LSU in Baton Rouge. However, last year’s Sugar Bowl was a loss to Oklahoma.

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